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The name Vance was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vance family lived in East Lothian, Scotland. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaux or Vallibus, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Vance, Vans, Vaux, de Vallibus and others.
First found in East Lothian, where they were directly descended from the great baronial family of De Vaux, or De Vallibus, and still had a castle of this name in Normandy until the year 1080. They possessed Dalston and Gilliesland in Cumberland, and the barony of Dirletoun in East Lothian.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vance research. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1244, 1255, 1306, and 1437 are included under the topic Early Vance History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Vance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Vance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andrew Vance, who landed in Virginia in 1700
- Robert Vance, who landed in New York in 1799
Vance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Vance, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1804
- William Vance settled in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1804
- D. Vance settled in New York State in 1811
- Isaac Vance, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- John Vance, who landed in Maryland in 1811
Vance Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Vance, aged 30, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
- William Vance, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
- Jane Vance, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
- Biddy Vance, aged 24, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
- Mary Vance, aged 2, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
Vance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Vance, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
- Sarah Vance, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
- David Vance, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"
- Lieutenant Colonel Leon Robert "Bob" Vance Jr. (1916-1944), United States Army Air Force officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944, eponym of Vance Air Force Base
- Cyrus Roberts Vance (1917-2002), American Secretary of State, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Courtney Bernard Vance (b. 1960), American multiple award winning actor, known for his work in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Terminator Genisys (2015) and The Hunt for Red October (1990)
- Lesley Vance (1939-2015), American politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (2006-2015)
- Mr. John Vance (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Paul Vance (b. 1929), American songwriter and record producer
- Zebulon Baird Vance (1830-1894), Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina
- John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (1916-2013), American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author, World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984
- Charles Arthur "Dazzy" Vance (1891-1961), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher
- Vivian Roberta Vance (1909-1979), American award winning television and theater actress and singer best known for her role as Ethel Mertz, sidekick to Lucille Ball on the American television sitcom I Love Lucy
- The Vance Family of Piedmont, North Carolina by Vance Voss Smith.
- The Rich Heritage: Being the Story of Harry and Annie Vance by Joseph Harvey Vance.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
The Vance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vance Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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